Region 4a

There are many distinct peoples living across the many islands of the Philippines. We have chosen to break the regional section of the site down via administrative region, as opposed to via specific tribe or people, in numerical order of those regions (leaving out the National Capital Region), as this may make it more precise in locating information.

Complaint filed on Norwegian mining company for violating OECD guidelines

Source: 
FIOH Press Release (originally in Norwegian - translated by FIOH staff)
Date of publication: 
24 February, 2009

The Norwegian mining company Intex Resources is violating the OECD’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, says Future in our Hands, and has filed a complaint against the company to the OECD’s Norwegian National Contact Point (NCP).

“The mining company is basing their operation in the Philippines on an agreement from 1999 that never should have been approved” says Arild Hermstad, manager of Future in our Hands.

Alliance against large scale mining formed, pushes for mining moratorium in Batangas

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
11 March, 2009

A broad alliance of church people, professionals, environmental advocates, businessmen, women, youth and students, and local residents have been formed amidst the entry of large scale mining in the richly-endowed province of Batangas.

House probe on Mindoro mining activities sought

Source: 
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/152774/House-probe-on-Mindoro-mining-activities-sought
Date of publication: 
15 March, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Militant lawmakers have sought a congressional inquiry into the effects of large-scale mining activities on the environment and livelihood of people in Oriental Mindoro.

Reps. Satur C. Ocampo and Teodoro A. Casino (Bayan Muna), Liza L. Maza and Luzviminda C. Ilagan (Gabriela), and Rafael V.

DENR approves Intex Resources nickel project in Mindoro

Source: 
Marianne V. Go - http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=450072&publicationSubCategoryId=66
Date of publication: 
20 March, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Jose L.

Govt signs $3-b mining deal

Source: 
Othel V. Campos, Manila times - http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=business1_mar24_2009
Date of publication: 
24 March, 2009

Intex Resources Philippines Inc., a unit of Intex Resources ASA of Norway, yesterday signed a $2.95-billion agreement with the Philippines to develop a nickel reserve on an area straddling Occidental and Oriental Mindoro provinces.

Erlend Grimstad, chief executive of the local Intex unit, said Environment Secretary Lito Atienza signed the production and sharing agreement, which will pave the way for start of commercial production as early as 2012.

Intex’s local partner in the Mindoro mining project is Aglubang Mining Corp., the holder of the minerals production and sharing agreement

Marcopper mining disaster remembered in the Philippines

Source: 
http://www.mindanaoexaminer.com/news.php?news_id=20090324064057
Date of publication: 
24 March, 2009

Marinduque, Philippines – Filipinos on Tuesday commemorated the 13th anniversary of the Marcopper mining disaster that inundated the Boac River with tons of toxic mine tailings, inflicting health, economic and environmental hazards to the locals.

The toxic mine tailings killed the river and the tragedy was considered the most dreadful legacy of large scale mining disaster in the country’s history.
This year’s activity drew attention to the heavily silted Mogpog River that flooded the village of Bocboc only last month.

Intex Seeking Peza Perks

Source: 
Othel V. Campos - http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=business1_april6_2009
Date of publication: 
6 April, 2009

Intex Resources Philippines Inc., a unit of Norway ’s Intex Resources ASA, plans to form two companies that will separately handle the mining and ore processing businesses of its $3.15-billion nickel project in Mindoro island, a company official said Friday.

“We are looking at registering with the Peza [Philippine Economic Zone Authority) for our downstream plant.

Marinduqueños act on toxic river woes

Source: 
Gerald Gene R. Querubin, Inquirer Southern Luzon - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view/20090402-197491/Marinduqueos-act-on-toxic-river-woes
Date of publication: 
2 April, 2009

MOGPOG, Marinduque – Thirteen years after mine tailings spilled into the Boac River, leaving it biologically dead and endangering thousands of human lives and public health, Marinduqueños are still saddled with millions of cubic meters of toxic open-pit copper mine waste.

On March 24, about 2,000 people gathered in Barangay Bocboc in Mogpog town to commemorate the tragedy, seen as one of the country’s worst environmental disasters.

They put sand in bags, which they lined up along the Mogpog River to reduce the risk of flooding.

Brooke’s Point residents slam Ombudsman order

Source: 
Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://archive.inquirer.net/view.php?db=1&story_id=201638
Date of publication: 
27 April, 2009

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan—About 1,000 residents of Ipilan in Palawan’s southern municipality of Brooke ’s Point locked the barangay (village) hall on Friday to prevent the mayor’s representatives from serving an Ombudsman order suspending their village executive.

They vowed to hold public vigils to protest the order slapped by the Ombudsman against Ipilan barangay chair Jonathan Lagrada, who is leading the opposition to a large-scale nickel mining project of business magnate Lucio Tan.

“The people really won’t allow the suspension and the serving of the order,” said M

A Joint Position Paper on the Proposed Mindoro Nickel Project by Intex Resources

Source: 
Municipal Government of Victoria and Mangyan Mission
Date of publication: 
6 May, 2009

For the record, the underlined signatories manifest our vehement objection to the resolute attempts of Intex Resources to proceed with the operational phase of the mining project, despite the long-standing opposition of the local government units, the Church and the civil society groups both in Oriental and Occidental Mindoro.

We fully support and enforce our provincial mining moratorium calling for a stop to the conduct of public hearing in view of completing the EIA process to secure the Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC) that Intex needs to commence the environmentally-critical pr

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